List Of Writing Conferences

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A free list of writing conferences and other events for writers. These conferences are listed in alphabetical order by state. Conferences outside of the United States, including events held/offered at multiple locations, are listed at the bottom.

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Title: Todos Santos Writers Workshop
State: Baja California Sur, Mexico
Registration Due: First come, first serve basis
Conf. Dates:1/26/2015 - 1/31/2015
Info:Join us in our "Pueblo Magico" by the sea for a 5-day intensive workshop for writers at all levels interested in Fiction, Non-fiction, and Memoir. Faculty: Gordon Chaplin (memoirist/novelist), Jeanne McCulloch (editor), Rex Weiner (journalist), plus afternoon seminars with guest novelist Jonathan Penner, literary agent Meg Thompson, Baja poet Edmundo Lizardi, UC Irvine Prof of Spanish & Portuguese Viviane Mahieux, and Donald Cosentino, UCLA Professor Emeritus of World Arts and Cultures, on “Tricksters, Heroes and Trickster/Heroes.” One-on-one mentoring options. Boutique hotel discounts available. More info and application:
URL: Todos Santos Writers Workshop

Title: Southwest Valley Writers Conference: Write Outside the Lines!
State: Arizona
Registration Due: Early Registration: 10/10/14
Conf. Dates:11/15/2014 - 11/15/2014
Info:This one-day event is designed to allow you to connect with industry professionals and other writers who have gathered to share their knowledge and love of writing. Keynote Speakers: Jana Bommersbach and Bill Konigsberg.
URL: Southwest Valley Writers Conference

Title: The Writing Salon
State: California
Registration Due: N/A
Conf. Dates:2/14/2014 - 12/1/2014
Info:Various classes. See site for more details. Creative Writing Classes — Serving the Bay Area — Fiction, Non-Fiction, Creative Non-Fiction (Personal Essays/Memoirs) Screenwriting, Playwriting, Poetry, Children's Books, Travel Writing, Food Writing, Marketing and Publishing and more
URL: The Writing Salon

Title: Dorland Mountain Arts Colony Artist-in-Residence Program
State: California
Registration Due: Rolling Admissions
Conf. Dates:11/14/2014 - 11/15/2014
Info:Dorland, located in the hills overlooking wine country in Southern California, offers residencies to writers and other artists from 1 week-2 months. Private cottages with beautiful views. Trails.
URL: Dorland Mountain Arts Colony

Title: Big Sur Writing Workshop
State: California
Registration Due: N/A
Conf. Dates:12/5/2014 - 12/7/2014
Info:For fourteen years writers have come to the Big Sur Writing Workshops for a hands-on intensive weekend designed to ready their manuscripts for publication. The workshops are designed for writers with finished or partially finished manuscripts that need critiquing, revising, and general editorial guidance. Our workshops provide participants with the tools needed to prepare their manuscripts for submission to agents and editors. In today’s competitive marketplace a tightly written, polished manuscript is essential.
URL: Big Sur Writing Workshop

Title: UCLA Extension Writers' Program
State: California
Registration Due: 2/5/15
Conf. Dates:2/6/2015 - 2/9/2015
Info:Students focus on their writing during four intensive days of instruction. Choose one of 10 writing workshops in long and short fiction, writing for young adults, feature film writing, and television writing, and work closely with a professional writer in classes limited to 15 students.
URL: UCLA Extension Writers' Program

Title: 2015 San Francisco Writers Conference
State: California
Registration Due: 2/12/2015
Conf. Dates:2/12/2015 - 2/15/2015
Info:Major names in publishing (authors, literary agents, editors and publishers) attend the SFWC and take personal interest in the authors and projects discovered there. The 100+ presenters this year will include John Lescroart, Yiyun Li, Vikram Chandra, Michelle Richmond, Kirk Russell, Tina Folsom, and Judith Curr (president/publisher Atria/S&S).
URL: 2015 San Francisco Writers Conference

Title: Southern California Writers' Conference
State: California
Registration Due: N/A
Conf. Dates:2/13/2015 - 2/16/2015
Info:Founded and run by professional writers, the SCWC provides veteran and emerging talent with authoritative feedback to help distinguish those manuscripts that are ready for market consideration. The conference facilitates some $4 million worth of first-time authors’ book and screen deals. With extended one-on-one evaluation and dozens of interactive workshops, the SCWC is among the only conferences specifically tailored to provide comprehensive feedback on your work.
URL: Southern California Writers' Conference

Title: Writing Costa Rica
State: Costa Rica
Registration Due: N/A
Conf. Dates:1/31/2015 - 2/7/2015
Info:Join us for an inspiring, relaxing retreat in Costa Rican paradise. Our group will be small and you will receive individual guidance on your writing. This workshop is perfect for all writers, whether this is your first foray into the wilds of creative writing or if your are a seasoned writer ready to expand and deepen your craft. The instructor, Clive Matson, draws on many years’ experience helping writers merge words with the power of their creative unconscious.
To register and for information on the workshop, contact Clive Matson: 510-654-6495, 510-508-5149,
URL: Writing Costa Rica

Title: The Peripatetic Writing Workshop
State: Florida
Registration Due: N/A
Conf. Dates:1/1/2014 - 12/31/2014
Info:The Peripatetic Writing Workshop, Inc, is known for warm yet rigorous critiques of novels, short stories and creative nonfiction in small, intimate groups. The workshops are conducted based on Martha's and Maureen's experiences leading the Peripatetic over 20 years, as well as from years of teaching creative writing at New York University, The Writer's Voice, The New York Writers Workshop and other schools and colleges. Published authors and free-lance editors with substantial contacts in the publishing world, they've worked with many writers who have gone on to publish successfully. Ongoing dates.
URL: The Peripatetic Writing Workshop

Title: Sanibel Island Writers Conference
State: Florida
Registration Due: Open until full
Conf. Dates:11/6/2014 - 11/9/2014
Info:Participants at all stages of development—from notebook scribblers to published novelists—are invited to attend a variety of workshops in fiction, poetry, songwriting, children’s literature, journalism, screenwriting, and creative nonfiction; panels in publishing & editing; and readings, keynote addresses, & concerts. All scheduled events are presented by celebrated and experienced writers and teachers, and open to full-time registrants. The conference welcomes any aspiring writer who wants to create new work or refine a project already in progress.
URL: Sanibel Island Writers Conference

Title: 11th Annual Palm Beach Poetry Festival
State: Florida
Registration Due: 11/11/14
Conf. Dates:1/19/2015 - 1/24/2015
Info:A full week of poetry events in Delray Beach where Poetry is Alive! Workshops, readings, craft talks, interviews, one-on-one conferences, annual gala celebration, late night coffee house, and more. Focus on your work with America’s most engaging and awards-winning poets. Faculty: Chard deNiord, Linda Gregerson, Thomas Lux, Maurice Manning, Molly Peacock, Brenda Shaughnessy, Patricia Smith, Robert Wrigley. Special guest, Dan Gioia.
URL: 11th Annual Palm Beach Poetry Festival

Title: Indiana Faith and Writing Conference
State: Indiana
Registration Due: 10/17/14
Conf. Dates:10/31/2014 - 11/1/2014
Info:The English Department at Anderson University is pleased to present the Indiana Faith and Writing Conference (IFWC). Formerly known as the Indianapolis Christian Writers Conference, hosted by Wesleyan Publishing House, this event has been beloved by writers for more than ten years. The IFWC provides publishing opportunities for those communicating the Good News through the written word while mentoring writers to create works of literary and academic excellence. Our keynote speakers this year are Ken Abraham, Philip Gulley, and Lisa Sharon Harper.
URL: Indiana Faith and Writing Conference

Title: Ministry of Writing Colloquium
State: Indiana
Registration Due: 10/30/14
Conf. Dates:10/31/2014 - 11/1/2014
Info:The 2014 ESR Ministry of Writing Colloquium, "Writing and the Non-Violent Life" will feature keynote speaker Fr. John Dear and workshops on writing fiction, memoir, and poetry, among other topics.
URL: Ministry of Writing Colloquium

Title: Green River Writers, Inc. Annual Poetry Retreat
State: Kentucky
Registration Due: 10/25/14
Conf. Dates:11/20/2014 - 11/23/2014
Info:Features: Saturday afternoon workshop with George Eklund, reading that evening. Usual Number of participants: 20-25
URL: Green River Writers Retreat

Title: Words & Music, A Literary Feast in New Orleans
State: Louisiana
Registration Due: 10/1/14
Conf. Dates:11/20/2014 - 11/24/2014
Info:Words & Music, a Literary Feast in New Orleans, is five days of enlightenment and entertainment for writers and readers. Each year New Orleanians and out of town visitors are introduced to the festival's stunning array of headliners, including several Pulitzer Prize winners and winners of many other important literary honors, as well as New York Times bestselling fiction and non-fiction authors.
Confirmed dates for Words & Music, 2014 are November 20 through November 24 and the deadline for writers to submit manuscripts for critique by editors and agents is October 1. Writers seeking manuscript critiques must register prior to submission of manuscripts. Writers who register prior to September 1 will receive a $25 deduction on the posted Writers Tuition Package.
URL: Words & Music, A Literary Feast in New Orleans

Title: Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival
State: Louisiana
Registration Due: N/A
Conf. Dates:3/25/2015 - 3/29/2015
Info:The Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival celebrates the literature and cultural heritage of New Orleans and hosts panels and events featuring artists from publishing, theater, film, culinary arts, and music.
URL: Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival

Title: 26th Annual Natchez Literary & Cinema Celebration
State: Mississippi
Registration Due: N/A
Conf. Dates:2/27/2015 - 2/28/2015
Info:The NLCC has been called by official evaluators "Mississippi's most significant annual conference devoted to literature, history, film, and culture."Begun in 1990 by Copiah-Lincoln Community College and sponsored now by Copiah-Lincoln and Mississippi Department of Archives and History, with support of the Natchez National Historical Park, the Celebration annually presents a theme-based lecture series enhanced by films, field trips, workshops, exhibits, book signings, concerts, and discussions.
URL: 26th Annual Natchez Literary & Cinema Celebration

Title: Las Vegas Writers Conference
State: Nevada
Registration Due: N/A
Conf. Dates:4/23/2015 - 4/25/2015
Info:Join fellow writer's, agents, publishers, and marketing experts for a weekend of workshops focused on the publishing industry.
URL: Las Vegas Writers Conference

Title: Winter Poetry & Prose Getaway
State: New Jersey
Registration Due: N/A
Conf. Dates:1/16/2015 - 1/19/2015
Info:Advance your craft and energize your writing at the 22nd Annual Winter Getaway featuring Kim Addonizio and Stephen Dunn. Enjoy challenging and supportive workshops, insightful feedback and an encouraging community. Choose from fiction, nonfiction, memoir, screenwriting and poetry. Early registration discounts and scholarships available.
URL: Winter Poetry & Prose Getaway

Title: Tupelo Press “Perfect Ten” in Truchas
State: New Mexico
Registration Due: Limited to first 12 participants who enroll
Conf. Dates:10/31/2014 - 11/3/2014
Info:Mark Doty and Veronica Golos join Jeffrey Levine in a conference for poets of all levels, especially for those looking for new ways to write, revise, and get published. Do you have a finished manuscript that has been a semifinalist or finalist for contests, but hasn’t yet been discovered? Are you working on the completion of your first manuscript? Are you ready to explore new journals and readerships for your individual poems? Join a small group of like-minded poets for a weekend of creative regeneration.
URL: Tupelo Press “Perfect Ten” in Truchas

Title: Tony Hillerman Writers Conference
State: New Mexico
Registration Due: Online registration ends 11/5/14
Conf. Dates:11/6/2014 - 11/8/2014
Info:This unique conference provides incredible opportunities for new and established authors to promote their new books; it offers writers of all abilities and any genre the chance to learn about the craft and business of writing from award-winning authors and presenters; and it gives everyone the chance to network.
URL: Tony Hillerman Writers Conference

Title: Bang the Keys Writing Workshop
State: New York
Registration Due: N/A
Conf. Dates:10/1/2014 - 11/5/2014
Info:Occurs every Wednesday during this six-week period. This six-week workshop is meant for you if your goals are to create a writing routine/schedule that allows you to "show up" for your own ideas, develop methods for writing regularly and productively rather than just when the muse strikes, develop strategies to create and meet your own self-imposed deadlines, complete one short work in six weeks or come up with an ironclad outline for a longer project, and connect with supportive and dedicated fellow writers. Each week we will also focus on an aspect of revision, as well as other aspects of the craft of writing. Extreme meditation; in-class writing that will help you break through character and structure blocks you've had since the word "Brangelina" was invented and considered fresh; small, nurturing, talented group in need of a bigger horn section!
URL: Bang the Keys Writing Workshop

Title: The Creativity Workshop
State: New York
Registration Due: 2/19/15
Conf. Dates:2/20/2015 - 2/23/2015
Info:The Creativity Workshop has helped writers of all genres jumpstart and renew their imagination. We will teach you ways to keep your writing fresh and exciting to you.
URL: The Creativity Workshop

Title: Unicorn Writers' Conference
State: New York
Registration Due: N/A
Conf. Dates:3/14/2015 - 3/14/2015
Info:As valuable for published authors as it is for beginners! This conference covers the total story from craft to career. Meet industry shot-callers, get one-on-one feedback and learn little-known insider secrets to acing every department of a publishing company!
Make connections and get feedback with dozens of opportunities for one-on-one face time with industry insiders, including:
• One-on-one manuscript reading and feed-back sessions with agents and editors
• Networking breakfast, lunch and dinner
• After-conference networking party
URL: Unicorn Writer's Conference

Title: Millay Colony for the Arts
State: New York
Registration Due: 10/1/14 and 3/1/15
Conf. Dates:4/1/2015 - 11/1/2015
Info:Millay Colony offers 2 week to 1 month residencies to those who go through our selection process. Residencies include room, studio, and meals at no cost to the writer.
URL: Millay Colony for the Arts

Title: Byrdcliffe Artist-in-Residence Program
State: New York
Registration Due: March 15th, 2015
Conf. Dates:5/28/2015 - 9/22/2015
Info:Byrdcliffe's artist-in-residence program offers writers the opportunity to live and work at the historic Byrdcliffe Art Colony for a period of 4 weeks. Private room and studio provided.
URL: Byrdcliffe Artist-in-Residence Program

Title: The North Carolina Writers’ Network 2014 Fall Conference
State: North Carolina
Registration Due: 11/7/14
Conf. Dates:11/21/2014 - 11/23/2014
Info:Fall Conference attracts hundreds of writers from around the country and provides a weekend full of activities that include lunch and dinner banquets with readings, keynotes, tracks in several genres, open mic sessions, and the opportunity for one-on-one manuscript critiques with editors or agents. Conference faculty include professional writers from North Carolina and beyond.
URL: The North Carolina Writers’ Network 2014 Fall Conference

Title: Writers Boot Camp - The Asheville Christian Writers Conference
State: North Carolina
Registration Due: N/A
Conf. Dates:2/20/2015 - 2/22/2015
Info:Writers Boot Camp focuses writers on the basics both as a new writer and as an experienced writer. We encourage writers to look at their calling from God to be a writer and work with Him in the lead. Primary Faculty - Torry Martin, Bob Hostetler, Larry Leech, Cindy Sproles, Eddie Jones, Lori Hatcher, Allison Flexer, Denise Loock, Ann Tatlock, and Yvonne Lehman. For details on registration and schedule of classes visit:
URL: Writers Boot Camp

Title: Winter Wheat: The Mid-American Review Festival of Writing
State: Ohio
Registration Due: 11/13/14
Conf. Dates:11/13/2014 - 11/15/2014
Info:Winter Wheat features dozens of panels focusing on publishing, craft, and technique for writers of fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction. Keynote readers include Sharona Muir, Anne Valente, Marcus Wicker, and Allison Joseph; Mid-American Review editors will also offer publishing insight.
URL: Winter Wheat

Title: Windsor International Writers Conference
State: Ontario, Canada
Registration Due: 9/2-10/31: discounted price $500. Door price: $695
Conf. Dates:11/13/2014 - 11/16/2014
Info:Theme is Writing Across Boundaries. Featured keynotes: Nino Ricci, Naomi Ragen, Michael Greyeyes, Alistair MacLeod, Gord Kirkland, Tracy Beckerman, Connie Schultz, Rick Sykes, Carol Rehme and many, many more.
URL: Windsor International Writers Conference

Title: 2015 Northwest Independent Writers Association Symposium for Independent Writers
State: Oregon
Registration Due: Early bird registration through 2/1/15
Conf. Dates:3/7/2015 - 3/7/2015
Info:Join us for this one day symposium of ten valuable workshops for independent writers. Register before Feb. 1, 2015 for as little as $99 for NIWA members. Non-members welcome!
URL: 2015 Northwest Independent Writers Association Symposium for Independent Writers

Title: Inhabiting Earth: Writing, Environment, and Sustainability
State: South Dakota
Registration Due: N/A
Conf. Dates:3/22/2015 - 3/24/2015
Info:An exploration on how writing intersects with agriculture, ecology, environmental design, and other walks of life to shape how we view the ways we live on earth today - and how we're preparing to live on it in the future. With featured guests Kristen Iversen and Vandana Shiva.
URL: Great Plains Writers' Conference

Title: ALTA (American Literary Translators Association): Politics & Translation
State: Wisconsin
Registration Due: 10/15/14
Conf. Dates:11/12/2014 - 11/15/2014
Info:This year's annual gathering of literary translators, publishers, and other arts professionals working in literary translation will focus on politics and translation, with a keynote talk by Christopher Merrill, renowned poet and translator.
URL: ALTA: Politics & Translation

Title: SPARKING CREATIVITY: Writing Workshops with Author Linda Oatman High
State: Various US locations
Registration Due: N/A
Conf. Dates:12/1/2014 - 1/31/2015
Info:Writing Workshops with Author Linda Oatman High, winner of the Phyllis Reynolds Naylor Fellowship 2014 and the 2012 Sunday Times EFG Short Story award. Corporate creativity sessions are available, as well as workshops for kids and adults of all ages at schools, libraries, and other venues! Contact Linda for more information on specific dates.
URL: Writing Workshops

A free list of writing conferences for creative writers, complied and updated regularly by Writer’s Relief. Find a writers conference near you with this list of events for writers organized by state and date. With our list, you can find conferences that have various focuses: conferences for poets, novelists, fiction writers, nonfiction writers, Christian writers, Jewish writers, and more. Some conferences are organized around a central genre, such as literary writing, commercial writing, romance, science fiction, fantasy, thriller, mystery, crime, and more. Other writers conferences are geared toward a certain level of writer: some are exclusive and only for the best writers and others are open to writers who are new to the craft. At a writing conference, you’ll meet literary agents, editors, speakers, presenters, and other writers who share your passion. A writing conference is about learning to be a better writer and about learning the business of writing. We hope you’ll enjoy our free writing conference list and pass it along to your writer friends!

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